20 October 2021
Control All of Your Cell Libraries Simultaneously
Clearwater, Florida, USA — Axiom’s CellManager™ for V8, V8i and CONNECT is truly a quantum leap forward for all of you cell lovers.
One of the most significant features is CellManager's ability to open and manipulate all of your cell libraries simultaneously. That’s right — open all of your cell libraries at the same time, select one or more cells from each library and with a couple of easy mouse clicks, you can direct CellManager to standardize cell symbology, scale selected cells, rotate selected cells, update fonts and perform text substitutions in cells — and that’s just the beginning.
To start, use CellManager to select one or more cell libraries to work with. CellManager displays each cell library’s filename in one window and an alphabetized list of all library cells in an adjacent window.
CellManager allows you to apply its modification tools to one cell, one library or multiple cells in multiple libraries (or any combination).
You can display and modify one or all cells at the same time — regardless of the cell library file in which cells reside. The cell libraries can reside in different directories or on your server or local computer — any combination of cell libraries can be displayed and manipulated by CellManager at the same time. CellManager makes it easy to compare and consolidate multiple cell libraries — now you can finally get all of your cell libraries under control with ease.
What if The Differences Between Duplicate Cells is Not Obvious?
After opening any number of cell libraries simultaneously, CellManager’s <Select Cells> button (on main dialog) allows you to select and display specific cells from each cell library. For example, you can limit CellManager’s display to cell names which match a wildcard, like “ARROW*”.
Let’s say several of your colleagues created their own line terminator cells in their own custom (but unauthorized) cell libraries. These non-standard mutant terminator cells are multiplying. It’s time to clean up.
Load everybody’s cell libraries into CellManager. That’s right, all of them at the same time. Then use CellManager’s Cell Selector to select just those cells that contain “TERMINATOR” in their description. Presto! Only the matching cells appear in CellManager’s display. Now use CellManager’s View window to inspect each matching cell. Tag (check mark) the non-standard mutant cells and use CellManager’s Delete command to delete the mutants with a single keystroke, even though the unwanted cells reside in several different cell libraries. This clean-up action would be tedious and time-consuming without CellManager. With CellManager, it’s effortless and fun!
Tame Your Wild Cell Libraries
Space prohibits us from describing all CellManager features in this article but there’s another enhancement we squeezed in: an enhancement to CellManager’s Export command.
For those readers unfamiliar with CellManager, the Export command allows you to consolidate cells from different cell libraries into one well-organized composite cell library. Let’s say, completely hypothetically (wink), that you have six different cell libraries, all in use on one or another of your projects — but these cell libraries contain duplicate cells, obsolete cells and non-standard variants of cells (created by time-pressed or confused staff over the years). Pretty messy — inconsistent, non-standard designs and wasted time are inevitable. To remedy, just fire up CellManager, load all six cell libraries simultaneously, tag the cells you want to keep and export the “chosen few” into a single, perfect, standard cell library.
For more information about CellManager, please visit Axiom on the web, or call 727-442-7774 to speak to a friendly Service Consultant about a free demo.